I spent most of my time at Aviation Nation 2016 at Nellis Air Force Base along the taxiway for the aircraft involved in the flying displays. The variations in the military pilots waves and hand gestures to the crowd became a fun sideline to the air show, especially those of the 6 USAF Thunderbirds pilots. Some of the pilots… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: The Pilots Wave
Nellis Air Force Base is home to the mighty USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team and they rounded off the flying displays each day of Aviation Nation 2016 (November 12th and 13th) in stunning fashion. The red, white and blue, six ship General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (originally 5 x F-16C and 1 x F-16B two-seater but they swapped out the B for… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds
The USAF Thunderbirds hold a proud history of military demonstration flying that dates back to 1953 at Luke AFB in Arizona when they first flew the Republic F-84 Thunderjet. Over the years they progressed through jet technology to the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak in 1955, North American F-100C Super Sabre from 1956 to 1964, Republic F-105B… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – USAF Thunderbirds
The military flying on the Saturday of the Joint Base Lewis McChord – JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 (August 27th-28th, 2016) was disrupted a bit by strong winds. Despite this the show went on and although their were some big gaps between the flying displays, there was plenty to see in the air and on the ground… Read More JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo 2016 – Military Flyers
Speed, precision and sheer thrilling aerobatic excellence is provided by the USAF Thunderbirds flying the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. Their display at Gunfighter Skies 2014 at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho was no exception.
Gunfighter Skies 2014 was held at Mountain Home USAF base in Idaho over the weekend of September 20th to 21st, 2014. I attended both days (you never what is and isn’t going to fly each day) and although the weather was a bit overcast on the second day (storms were brewing) both offered plenty of… Read More Gunfighter Skies 2014 – The Air Show
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho was the scene for the USAF Gunfighter Skies Open House on September 20th to 21st, 2014. Mountain Home is the USAF base for the 366th Fighter Wing the “Gunfighters” (389th Fighter Squadron and 391st Fighter Squadron the “Bold Tigers“) operating the McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle. The F-15E is a two… Read More Gunfighter Skies 2014 – F-15 Strike Eagle Country